Got up at 6 am, right on the dot somehow and hopped in the shower. Was out and dressed by 6:30 and then got my puppy ready to go for a walk. Now, I call him a puppy even though technically he isn’t, but just go with it…We just walked around our block for a half hour, because that’s all I could afford to do since I had to get home, ready for work (makeup, outfit to wear, which is always a challenge, and then figuring out something to eat).
I decided to walk in the still semi-shaded areas around my neighborhood because one, the sun still wasn’t fully ‘up’ in the sky and two, I had just showered and didn’t want to get all sweaty and worked up, even though I did anyway. The disadvantage with still living at home with my four family members and not being at school is that I can’t really workout in the morning to get two workouts a day done, since everyone else has to get ready and the time frame, it just doesn’t work out. So, until I get back to school, where I can be freeeeeee, I’m going to have to figure out a way to make this work.. Morning walks anyone?
Having it be a magical Wednesday, I thought it would be appropriate to hit up ‘Walnut Wednesdays’ downtown. It’s this awesome lunch get together that happens every Wednesday or so where all of the local food trucks come out and you can get some good (yet expensive) eats!
Check it out! Walnut Wednesdays
After work I snuck in time for some spinning! On top of walking the dog this morning, walking around for lunch, and then going to spinning, I still did not feel good because of the stuff I ate.. And I forgot to mention…
It was one of my close friend’s birthdays’ so I was more or less obligated to go out.
First I met up with my girlfriend at a Mexican restaurant around the corner from where the guys were going to be and I got a Margarita. And ate almost half the basket of chips and salsa… I’m so dumb. Really, really regret that one. I’ll know better for next time, right?! Then headed to Lizardville to meet up with the guys .. Definitely didn’t get any beer which was good and I don’t even like it anyway, but here are some fun pictures from the night!
Woke up for a bit of an early morning walk with my doggy. It was so refreshing and felt great to start the day in a good mood and off on the right foot. Afternoon walk was great too! After work I did spinning at Fitworks and it felt amazing to be on track!
Morning walk with the pup!
This was the afternoon walk to lunch!
According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 3,341 calories and consumed 1,705 for the day. Started off the day with a tiny breakfast. Had Oatmeal, raspberries and a banana. Lunch was a bit of madness, had a burger, sweet potato tots, and lots of water from the heat! Dinner was some leftovers that mom had cooked, not the healthiest but it’s food.. Had some chicken breast, angel hair pasta, and cooked spinach with garlic and olive oil. Afterwards, met up with my girlfriend for a Margarita and some chips and salsa. Shouldn’t have even gotten those chips on the table because I hate nearly the whole damn basket!
Wooh! First official day of Freedom and Fun! The goal of this weekend is to have fun! Plenty of it! But to also keep in mind the new healthy habits I’ve been trying to stick to. Now, I did buy up a good amount of alcohol for this weekend, so I know that it might do me in, but here’s how things went… Enjoy!
Started off the morning bright eyed and bushy tailed with some home cooked eggs, sausage and and english muffin and then we hit the road. We went into Erie to check out some of the bike (motorcycle) dealerships so the guys could check out models and prices, and I did myself as well… Working on saving up and getting my license to ride. Exciting! The highlight of the day, mainly for the guys, was going to get some Fireworks. And I mean big, gigantic, they spent way too much money, fireworks. Tradition more or less, that after dinner they set up in the field and we have our own 4th of July show! Check out the slideshow for the pics!!
That took up a good portion of the day, driving mostly, then went in to Wally-World and bought groceries for the rest of the weekend. This time around, I picked as much healthy food as I possibly could. Honestly, having a campfire ablaze constantly is super beneficial for cooking healthy foods! Grilling Zucchini, Squash, tomatoes, etc. are all my forte when out in the wilderness. There’s this recipe we make almost every time we go, so I’ll let you in on a little secret.
They’re called ‘Hobo Burgers’. They are the gift of the camping gods.
You get any and all vegetables you could possibly desire and cut them up into manageable pieces, have them laid out separately, almost buffet style. Then, rip a lot of long pieces of aluminum foil, big enough to fit all of the veggies and your meat in it. You take a good hunk of lean chuck or ground round meat?, and pat it down into a good size burger. Use a slice of butter for the veggies, the burger meat, then all of the veggies you want, and if you feel like it’s necessary, you can put in BBQ sauce or Italian dressing. The veggies we cut up and I put into mine were red peppers, green peppers, vidalia onion, mushrooms, potatoes, etc. Anything you want. Then fold it up really well, double wrap it with aluminum foil just to be safe and throw it (set it) onto the campfire in the coals. Flip them every so often and then you can add fresh lettuce, or tomatoes or ketchup when they’re done!!!! Simple as can be! There’s a picture in the slide show too!
Then I took what is more or less a hot dog and burger grilling contraption and cut stalks of zucchini and squash and grilled them over the fire with some lite Italian dressing. And I wrapped up a sweet potato in foil and threw that into the fire after poking some holes with a fork… BEST LUNCH EVER!
So, for a majority of the afternoon, I was a cook in the kitchen, and then there was a crockpot dinner for later on… Fire grilled corn on the cob, pulled pork, and more fresh veggies from the fire!
Then, it was off to set off fireworks! The night winded down with us all sitting around the fire, and I got a littttttle too carried away in my drinks… I had a few margaritas and a bottle of wine… a small bottle? Any sympathy here, no? Ok. Well that’s that! haha YOLO! …jk
Woke up early, had a bit of a headache from drinking.. duh! and managed to head down and get some good breakfast in! The infamous Gravy and Biscuits was just what I needed… to soak up the alcohol anyway. I literally haven’t had gravy and biscuits since I was a little kid and man was it good! Unhealthy but good!
For most of the day we were around the cabin, outside doing work, trying to stay in the shade, throwing around the football, playing catch, shooting guns, you name it. Didn’t do much for lunch (and it caught up to me later) Had watermelon, whole grain Sun Chips, and lots of water.
The day winded down wit h some muddy four wheeling back in the woods on the property. That was an adventure in itself… It can be rough with the terrain in the less traveled areas, but I made it out alive haha
Got back, changed my clothes, packed up the truck and the pup and headed home. We stopped at Wendy’s to get food and man did I regret it. It’s funny how after not having it for so long it actually changes it’s taste. It didn’t even taste good eating it, and compared to those Hobo Burgers, it was crap. Wasted calories and wasted stomach ache.
Made it home and then unpacked for a bit. Went to Applebee’s for a late night salad, the had a bite of my friend’s veggies and pasta, then called it a night. Quite the eventful weekend, but it was such a good time! Definitely needed and deserved 😉
Camping is a workout in itself! The heat, humidity, yard work, and constant moving around was satisfying! Can’t wait to get back into my routine however! Especially after a week of complete laziness.
According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 2,980 calories and consumed 1,928 for the day. Started off the day with a wholesome breakfast consisting of some eggs, sausage, and an english muffin. Lunch was Hobo Burger Delight! Lean burger meat, mushrooms, onions, ketchup, a big ‘ol sweet potato, and lots of water. Dinner was homemade pulled pork, an ear of grilled corn on the cob, a tomato, barbecue sauce, and zucchini and squash. Then, my cup of care was empty when I decided to drink an entire bottle of wine and one too many margaritas! Oops…
According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 2,538 calories and consumed 1,475 for the day. Started off with delicious homemade gravy and biscuits. Lunch was pretty much snacking/munching, which caught up with me later on… I had lots of watermelon, and whole grain Sun Chips, and then water out the wazooo. Dinner was a stop at (YUCK!) Wendy’s and then Applebees later on for an Oriental Chicken salad.
Off to camping we go!
The main highlight of today was heading off to camping for (my) 4th of July getaway! It ‘s all I’ve been looking forward to all week long..
Myself, a group of my guy friends, and his family all go out to their cabin in the backwoods of PA. There’s little to no cell reception once you get on the dirt roads, and you can barely have that when you go to a beach or anywhere, so I like that a lot. They own about 40+ acres of land, have a cabin, a bunch of four wheelers and dirt bikes, we go shooting, have a campfire, you name it… It’s paradise. So, to say the least, we traveled there on Friday, right after I got off of work, and ended up stopping at our favorite restaurant for the best wings you will ever eat. Honey Mustard and Garlic .. with Blue Cheese… Delish! No picture, because I didn’t want to be the weirdo at the table, especially when you’re with a bunch of guys. We got there, unpacked, started up the fire, and then had some smores for dessert. Hit the hay early and we’d get a good start to the next day!
none. Hah! Honestly, if walking around from the morning, to my car then from the parking lot, to work. etc. Then maybe. Or just sweating buckets because it’s so hot, I didn’t really exercise again.
According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 2,445 calories and consumed 1,329 for the day. Started off the day with breakfast consisting of an english muffin at home before I ran out the door and then a doughnut at work… Woof. Then had some mixed fruit from home; watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, and some raspberries. Lunch was carrots and ranch, chicken breast, cucumber slices, and some candy Dinner was chicken wings with bleu cheese! Guilty pleasure alert! Then, I had smores at the campfire, YUM!
Pre 4th of July. Had work during the day per the usual. Some awesome thunderstorms in the morning/afternoon and there was a bit of excitement at lunchtime. There was one of the food trucks downtown right outside of our office (literally behind the building in the parking lot) and with someone’s umbrella in hand, I couldn’t resist but to go out there and try what they had to offer!
So out I went and long story short, the company across the street had rented it out for their ‘pre-Fourth of July’ lunch and we had no idea… So we ended up getting free lunch since we had already ordered and they refused to let us pay! It was absolutely delicious!!
I had a pulled pork BLT and a delicious sauce was on it and it came with sweet potato tator tots. Yum!
Ended up getting out of work early, however I did not go and workout.
Then I went over to my friends house and their mom had made dinner (Uh-Oh) and let’s just say it wasn’t the healthiest. But, I’m going to be honest and tell you that it was delicious eating guilty foods.
After, I went and got ready and then went out to the bars and drank a weee bit too much, but it was a lot of fun. Didn’t go and eat crappy food like I had last week so I was proud of that.
Burned 2,428 for the day and consumed 2,109 calories.
Breakfast was a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats with some skim milk and a little cup of lemonade, I don’t really know why I had lemonade but I did? Lunch was that delicious pulled pork BLT with lettuce/baby arugala and tomato with yummy sauce. Dinner was a Stouffer’s mac and cheese, simple salad with a tiny bit of poppyseed dressing and some salt and vinegar chips. Dessert was a root beer float and loooooots of drinks (Summer Shandy and Margs) .. Bad Girl!
Wow, what a surprise… Last night was horrible and definitely got the best of me. Sucks. Bad food choices, too much drinking, and I did not workout today at all. Horrible. I did clean and get the house in order a bit, since there was a scheduled open house that I had to prepare a bit for. However, my bad decisions just kept snowballing worse and worse. So I already said I didn’t workout. Then I didn’t workout, and oh hey, didn’t workout again. Good job, me. Then I went to Winking Lizard and got wings, ate too many, and a beer too.. hahah oh what is happening to me. Moronic and dumb.
On a happier side note, I cooked homemade whole grain pasta with cooked spinach, and healthy cheese, and squash. Yummmmm-O. Then fell asleep watching a movie. So thrilling! You think I would’ve learned from Saturday.
According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 2,428 calories and consumed 1,382 for the day. Started off the day with breakfast consisting of frosted mini wheats and fat free skim milk. Lunch was wings with bleu cheese dip, celery, and a summer shandy beeeer. Dinner was homemade whole grain thin spaghetti, with some of those healthy cheese wedges, cooked in spinach, and squash. Then, fatty McFattypants went and got Menchie’s fro-yo. word.
WoooooWeeee!! What a Wednesday!!! Probably the best Hump Day I’ve had in a while! Today rocked! First thing today at work I kind of got a little flustered and pushed around, but hey, it’s part of the job description when you’re still learning the ropes. I don’t like getting the feeling that you are being discussed while walking into a room after briefly leaving.. Makes me anxious. Anyway, I didn’t eat much breakfast/my oatmeal because of how I was feeling then. But, it’s alright. Let it go for the most part.
On to the fun stuff!! There was a catered luncheon/guest speaker and it was awesome! I loved to not just be sitting at my desk all day long and got to head down to the room and have a great healthy and delicious lunch! Then afterwards, I headed back up to my office to have some more fun work to do that I actually enjoyed. Not being a smartass. And part of me loves being a designer because of days like today where I can fall in love with it all over again after being frustrated and having designer block on some of the projects I’ve been working on.
I was a part of a catered luncheon and we had a speaker! Exciting to see, hear, and be a part of the awesome new stuff they have going on down here! I had some delicious lunch in light of everything going on and I loved every minute of it! Then, the day just kept getting better too…
NEXT! We ended up having a group Happy Hour for one of the projects I was shadowing on and had a small part in the creative process, so we got to leave the office early. Not only was that nice in itself, yet again a change of scenery, but it’s Hump Day for Pete’s sake! And it’s almost the weekend! I lived it up a little bit and got a BEER! Woah! The last time I had a beer was about a year and a half ago during my Sophomore year, how pathetic is that. I just had one though and then headed off to the next and last (save the best for last) part of the day!
Spinning!!! and Working Out in general!!!! HOT DAYUMMM today’s spin class was amazing. Not only did I do an hour of spinning, but I did lifting, and a cardio circuit after that too! WHooooP! … alright, enough, that’s a bit much.
But on an honest side note… Eating tonight was a challenge and I instantly have had remorse. And a part of that has to do with my friends and how they influence what I eat and the timing… Not good and I feel as if I can’t eat certain things because no matter what, how healthy it is, ‘green’, good for you or whatever, I feel guilty. I add up those damn calories and I instantly feel like all of this hard work I’ve been putting in is just going to waste. I still look in the mirror, still look at the scale and honestly think ‘Am I ever going to be happy with how I look or the amount of weight I’ve lost’ and I really don’t see myself ever getting to that point, at least not right now anyway. I mean, I know this stuff doesn’t happen over night but how does Beyonce go from having a baby and just shedding those pounds like tissue paper?! Its nothing to her!? Or Britney Spears looking super thin in her skin tight bandage dresses… Part of me just wants to give up and say fuck it and not care because it seems as if I’m taking two steps forward and 10 back… S.O.S.
So, going from an awesome day, downright fun and exciting to me sitting here writing this to you and just not knowing when or how I’m going to manage to meet the goals I’ve set for myself and stay there are going to be a discovery for another day…. Discovering that lifestyle…
(trying to go to bed with some satisfaction or pride in what I accomplished at the gym today)
This workout today was fricken phenomenal. Started off with a spinning class that was at 85-90% the whole time, heavy resistance and lots of dripping sweat. It was great! Then afterwards I did some Olympic lifts (snatch) (power clean movements) and then used my NTC App for a 15 minute Core Crunch targeted area.
According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 3,631 calories and consumed 1,354 for the day. Breakfast was a few bites of my oatmeal with brown sugar and one clementine since the second one I brought was bad. Lunch was a catered lunch; huge bowl of fresh, delicious fruits, honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, raspberries, etc. Then HALF of an Italian sandwich and a cucumber and tomato salad. After work, had one beer, then went to workout. After working out I had some Chipotle; black beans, tomato salsa, lettuce, and steak. The bad part is that when I got home I had some ‘dinner’ that was out; rigatoni comprised of not whole wheat pasta and a meat sauce. UGH! GUILT STRICKEN.